The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven won the night, MasterChef topped the pile, again and Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year faded, again. It was a confused night as usual with Seven splitting its programming between AFL and NRL markets. That worked with the combination of Border Security, The Force and Medical Emergency in Brisbane and Sydney and Better Homes and Gardens in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth averaging around 950,000 people from 7.30pm to 9pm. Nationally, the combination averaged a solid 1.4 million viewers, which helps explain Seven’s win last night.

The Tour de France averaged 372,000 metro viewers and 501,000 nationally, but will they hang around after Cadel Evans’ bad day overnight?

Tonight: NRL on Nine (main and digital channels), AFL on Seven (main and digital channel) and on Pay TV. Better Homes and Gardens on Seven in Sydney and Brisbane, the AFL is in other markets. Ten has MasterChef, Silent Witness on ABC 1 after Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell. The Tour de France on SBS ONE.

Saturday: NRL on Pay TV, AFL on Seven and Pay TV. Death in Paradise on ABC 1, Nine and Ten (and Seven in non-AFL markets) are wastelands of movie repeats. RocKwiz on SBS ONE, and then the Tour de France. Audrey’s Kitchen might we worth a look on ABC 1 at 6.25pm

Sunday: The morning chats on various channels. NRL and AFL on Nine, Seven and Pay TV. It’s the final episode of Billy Connolly’s Route 66, after Sunday Night and then a cracker of an episode on Downton Abbey from 8.30pm. Nine has 60 Minutes and The Mentalist. Ten has MasterChef and the final New Girl of this series. ABC 1 has a documentary on Ian Thorpe called Ian Thorpe: The Swimmer and then the bleak Wallander. The Tour de France on SBS ONE from 10pm. More mountains.

The top 10 national programs (metro & regional combined):

  1. Seven News — 1.851 million
  2. MasterChef (Ten) — 1.808 million
  3. Nine News — 1.703 million
  4. Hamish & Andy (Nine) — 1.590 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.509 million
  6. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.380 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.339 million
  8. ABC News — 1.296 million
  9. Modern Family (Ten) — 1.042 million
  10. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.040 million

The Metro Winners:

  1. MasterChef (Ten, 7 – 8 pm) — 1.363 million
  2. Seven News (6pm)– 1.261 million
  3. Nine News (6pm)– 1.194 million.
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.112 million
  5. Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year (Nine) (8pm) — 1.090 million

The Losers: Putting to one side MasterChef, Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year and Silk, it was a barren night for viewers last night.

Metro News & CA: Nine News won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven News won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Today Tonight won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. A Current Affair won Melbourne.

  1. Seven News (6pm)– 1.261 million
  2. Nine News (6pm)– 1.194 million.
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.112 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 973,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 926,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 709,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 634,000
  8. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 581,000
  9. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 421,000
  10. Ten News (10.30pm) — 194,000
  11. SBS News (9.30pm) — 185,000
  12. SBS News (6.30pm) — 183,000
  13. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 153,000
  14. The Business (ABC) (11.105pm) — 97,000
  15. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) — 36,000

In the morning: A long lunch at Ten today to celebrate signs of life for Breakfast? Hold the bubbly and wait until the kids go back to school next week and normal viewing patterns re-establish themselves.

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 310,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) –290,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) — 206,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) (9am) — 137,000
  5. The Circle (Ten) (9am) — 75,000
  6. News Breakfast (ABC) (6am) — 52,000 (+17,000)*
  7. Breakfast (Ten) (7am) — 46,000

*On News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 28.6% from Nine (3) on 24.6%, Ten (3) was on 23.0%, the ABC (4) was on 15.1% and SBS (2) ended on 8.7%. Seven leads the week with 30.4% from Nine on 23.6% and Ten on 22.7%. Main Channels: Seven won with 21.0%, from Nine on 20.0%, Ten was on 16.2%, ABC 1 was on 10.6% and SBS ONE ended on 8.0%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 4.6%, from Eleven with 3.6%, ONE was on 3.2%, 7mate was on 3.0%, ABC 2 ended on 2.7%, GO was on 2.3%, Gem was close behind on 2.2%, ABC 3 was on 1.0%, News 24, 0.8% and SBS TWO, 0.7%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 24.1%. 7TWO leads the week with 4.0%, from 7mate on 3.7% and GO on 3.4%.

Metro including Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 23.7% from Nine (3) on 20.4%, Ten (3) was on 19.0%, Pay TV was on 14.9% (200 plus channels), the ABC (4) was on 12.5% and SBS (2) ended on 7.2%. The 15 FTA channels had an FTA viewing share last night of 85.1%, with the 10 digital share totalling 19.9% and the five main channels share, 65.2%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.0%)
  2. LifeStyle (2.7%)
  3. TV1 (2.2%)
  4. Cartoon Network (2.2%)
  5. Nickelodeon (1.8%)

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

  1. Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare (LifeStyle) — 106,000
  2. Gold Rush (Discovery) — 97,000
  3. Regular Show (Cartoon Network) — 73,0000
  4. AFL: AFL 360 (Fox Footy) — 70,000
  5. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 69,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 31.8%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 27.6%, SC Ten (3) was on 19.0%, the ABC (4) was on 14.3% and SBS (2) ended on 7.2%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 22.0% from Prime/7Qld on 21.3%. 7TWO won the digitals with 6.1% with 7mate on 4.4% and Eleven with 3.95. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 29.4%.  Prime/7Qld leads the week with 32.7% from WIN/NBN on 26.6%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. Seven News — 589,000
  2. A Current Affair — 535,000
  3. Nine News — 510,000
  4. Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year — 502,000
  5. MasterChef — 434,000

Major Metro Markets: Seven won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth overall and the main channels, with Ten and Nine second overall and the main channels respectively. In Sydney, Seven won overall, but Nine won the main channels. In Melbourne, Nine won overall and the main channels, thanks to local lads, Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year and the AFL Footy Show. 7TWO won the digitals in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. 7mate won Perth and Eleven won Brisbane. Seven leads Nine and Ten in Sydney and Melbourne, while in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth it is Seven from Ten and Nine.

(All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight All People)

*Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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